Emmanuel Adebayor joined Crystal Palace in the January transfer window.
Adebayor joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer in the January transfer window, having been released by Tottenham in September.
Sherwood, who was in charge of Villa from February 2015 until October 2015, has revealed that he wanted to sign the 31-year-old for the Villans.
"He didn't want to come to be perfectly honest,” the Englishman is quoted as saying by The Birmingham Mail when asked why Adebayor did not become a Villa player in the summer. "It wasn't a good time for him. We tried to get him there and it wasn't achievable in the end.”
Sherwood, who worked with Adebayor at Tottenham, has backed the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker to be a success at Palace.
“He's a good player," said the former England international midfielder. "For no money, if you can get him firing I think Alan Pardew said it... probably bar Ian Wright - I don't want to be disrespectful to any other Palace players - on his day he's the best player they've had at their football club.”
Adebayor has played twice for Palace in the Premier League already, featuring against Bournemouth and Swansea City.
The Togo international striker has created one chance, has a pass accuracy of 68% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won five headers and one dribble.
Palace are 12th in the Premier League table at the moment with 32 points from 25 matches. Alan Pardew’s side are just nine points above the relegation zone and 13 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.